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Twice the Fall Colors on Lake Champlain

Twice the Fall Colors on Lake Champlain

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Lake Champlain’s beautiful year-round—this is, after all, one of North America’s handsomest bodies of water, bar none—but it seems to really pull out all the stops come autumn.

Fall at Basin Harbor Club gives you front-row seats to New England’s world-famous autumn foliage display. The maples, birches, aspens, and other hardwoods in the Champlain Valley and the surrounding Adirondack and Green mountains catch fire in lovely reds, oranges, yellows, and browns—a color extravaganza matches by few places anywhere else on the globe!

There are plenty of locations in Vermont, New Hampshire, and New York to pursue the age-old New England pastime of “leaf-peeping,” but Lake Champlain holds extra-special allure. After all, given the fact that our mighty 125-mile-long inland sea reflects the multi-hued woods encircling it, you get twice the foliage spectacle!

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And because of the broad views available from the lakeshore—mounting all the way to the regal heights of the Adirondacks—you’ve got a truly expansive stage for the autumnal pageantry.

In terms of the fall-foliage timetable, our hardwoods tend to start turning by the middle of September as the lengthening nights prompt them to begin winding down photosynthesis for the season. The decline of the trees’ primary photosynthetic pigment, chlorophyll, which our eyes see as green, is the reason for the color shift: Other pigments such as carotenoids and xanthophylls, masked during the growing season by chlorophyll’s shade, start showing through.

From the Basin Harbor Club, you can cruise or paddle Lake Champlain to revel in panoramic on-the-water views of the colorful forests, or immerse yourself in the varied tints and tones along one of the local hiking trails or bicycling routes. Of course, you can always simply kick back from the vantage of one of our Adirondack chairs to watch the sunset add its own blush to the palette.

Here at the Basin Harbor Club, we humbly suggest that our gorgeous lakeside resort is one of the very best perches for leaf-peeping anywhere in New England. There’s absolutely nothing like Lake Champlain on a crisp, sunny autumn day: Come find out for yourself!